Essays that Worked · Tufts Admissions

Below you’ll find selected examples of essays that “worked,” as nominated by our
admissions committee. These selections represent just a few examples of essays

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Below, read selected examples of essays that “worked,” as nominated by our admissions committee
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A collection of outstanding admission essays to help you approach your own Now you
should read the Essays that Worked, and be inspired by their example

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The Different "Messages" In The Essay
First and most obviously, the writer has a great sense of humor. College admissions readers love when you put smiles on their faces. Second, it says he's fun loving (the milkshake run) and also refreshingly audacious in his own twisted way (telling tourists that if they pee in the ocean, they'll attract great white sharks). Third, the student is curious (took apart his MP3). Admissions people look for inquisitiveness, resourcefulness, and students who are dying to learn. Fourth, he's a reader (his reference to Whitman's Song of Myself and re-reading a favorite book). Reading is a big deal in college. Fifth, he's a hard worker and wants to do things "better than very good" (making sure the conclusion of an English paper was just right). Sixth, he has a sense of social responsibility (responded to a piece of racist graffiti) and is also willing to stand up for other people (confronting his friend's mother about screaming at her kid). Finally, most people would think that the student is pretty smart. As you read it, what messages did you get?

Of the 1,200 or so undergraduate admission essays that Chris Lanser reads each year at , maybe 10 are about work.
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They can be the most important components of your application—the essays. It’s a chance to add depth to something that is important to you and tell the admissions committee more about your background or goals. Test scores only tell on part of your story, and we want to know more than just how well you work. We want to see how you actually think.Below you’ll find selected examples of essays that “worked,” as nominated by our admissions committee. These entries are distinct and unique to the individual writer; however, each of them assisted the admissions reader in learning more about the student beyond the transcripts and lists of activities provided in their applications.What worked here? I’m told the admissions officers appreciated how the writer conveyed her love of words — and in the process told them much about herself. As a writer, I admired the way she built a sense of mystery at the outset, one that served to draw the reader in.Below you’ll find selected examples of essays that “worked,” as nominated by our admissions committee. These entries are distinct and unique to the individual writer; however, each of them assisted the admissions reader in learning more about the student beyond the transcripts and lists of activities provided in their applications.

Looking for examples of past college essays that worked

A few weeks ago Dean of Admissions John Latting asked if I would attend an essay workshop at the Friends School in Baltimore since he would be on vacation. I immediately jumped at the chance for two reasons: I love Quaker schools and I love essay workshops. I know that they are both strange things to be so affectionate about, but after twelve years working in college admissions, I know what I like and I know what I don’t like. While preparing for the workshop I jotted down a list of points about the purpose and value of the admissions essay in the application review process and also a number of tips to best tackle the task. The workshop went extremely well and as I was getting ready to store my notes I realized that they would make a great blog topic.

Incredible Stanford Hitler Essay

So as many of you begin to take on the task of writing your college essays and short answer questions, I will present my advice on essay strategies that I believe work. This is in no way the gospel about college admissions essays, but rather a list of tips I have compiled over my years. After nearly 20,000 essays read in my career (and that is a low estimate I think), I hope you all will find my tips helpful.

Top 43 Stanford Admissions Essays - Study Notes

Remember that one of the goals of the admissions board when reading college admissions essays is to find students who will enhance the educational experience of other students. In other words, how can you contribute to other students’ learning? As with tip #3, you already have an edge by being an international student.